Date of Stay: May, 2015
Only two things where I thought this park missed the boat that would otherwise justify a higher rating--the existing access from I-95 (rough roads and railroad crossings, but not impossible,and not the park's fault) via exit 180--and the lack of a pool, which was not an issue over the dates of our stay (May). Can't say enough good things about the friendly, knowledgeable staff at check-in, who were quick to refer me to a fine nearby walk-in clinic when needed. The park entrance is well marked, the sites are level, gravel, and spacious -- mostly easy pull-throughs, but some back-ins as well. The restrooms were immaculate. Good areas for dog walking. Limited number of trees do not interfere with satellite reception. There appear to be some seasonal sites. Have stayed at several other parks in the Bangor area and there is none that compares. There is another access from I-95 a couple of exits further north, but the overpass is currently under construction and not open to trucks and motorhomes at this time. Easier to take Exit 180 and grin and bear it.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Make our first trip (obligatory, they say, for Tiffin owners) to Red Bay for service on our Allegro Bus. The reduced fee of $10 a night camping rate was due to replacement of the cap rails on our 2011 rig, a manufacturer's recall by Tiffin which was performed free of charge. (The body work after replacement of the rails was contracted out to the Red Bay Body Shop located right next to the Tiffin manufacturing plant, also on Tiffin's nickel.) Coaches still under warranty pay nothing for camping fees, otherwise sites are $20. Sites are narrow, with 50/30 amp service and you will definitely get to know your neighbors, which is good! All of us had a lot in common, so much so that sometimes it was difficult at night to find your own coach, they are so alike. Water was turned off while we were there (nights in the 20s and 30s), but city water was available to fill your tanks whenever needed. The bathrooms have enclosed showers, warm and comfortable, and clean! Without water available at the campsites they got heavy use but I never saw them dirty. Tiffin has a new customer lounge to use while your coach is in a service bay, with very comfortable seating, TV, vending machines, one side for pets and the other without. Service was exceptional, fast and the price was definitely right. Made up for the fuel use to get there from Maryland. About 100 sites, with space for boondocking if the regular sites are full. Dusty. Not a lot of areas to walk pets but we got by, and people were generally good about policing after their dogs. A nice laundry room with about 4 or 5 modern washers and dryers, very clean with comfortable seating. Very reasonable, $1 for a wash, $.75 for the dryer. A few small local restaurants but the county is dry. Our best bet for lunch was the Subway on Main Street at the #4 stoplight. There is a new Walmart market, just opened in early December 2014, about 5 miles away in the neighboring town of Belmont, Ms. Saves a 25 mile trip to the nearest Walmart supercenter. Otherwise Red Bay has a couple of small grocery stores, such as the Piggly Wiggly. Would definitely return whenever we need to. Worth it to get your work done promptly, efficiently, and by people who know your coach and how to repair it.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Four nights in a peaceful site, fine for big rigs, right on the sound. Not much around in terms of restaurants or entertainment, but if you're looking for a beautiful environment, complete with plenty of wildlife, this is the spot. We pulled in to our site #41 next to the fishing pier. Site was level, white gravel and crushed shell, services fine, and the front end of our coach was almost hanging over the small beach -- we were that close to the water. Surprising tidal change during the day with lots of small birds looking for food in the sand. Bring your camera. Sunrises and sunsets are glorious. The town of Carrabelle is just a few minutes south with an IGA for groceries, a couple of package stores, a marina, some funky little cafes, not much more. We approached from the south through Apalachicola and enjoyed the coastal drive, later taking another day trip to both areas. While there were a number of seasonal snowbirds wintering over at the park, it is a bit too cold for me at night (30s in December, brrrr, but it warmed up to the high 60s during the day) and no real amenities, except the peace. But for a stay of a week or so or a few days, you will enjoy it.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Really liked this campground though I didn't expect to after our wacky entry off I-95 and the back roads we encountered. We took one look at the recommended track and said, no way. Turns out we were wrong and should have followed the campground directions. Ross Road is not as bad as it looks, go ahead and take the turn. Stayed in a pull through with a small turnout for our car, just couldn't be better. Try to get a pull through if you're a big rig, but you can also get a back in with 30 amp. Most of the property seems to be seasonal but so nicely kept you'll be very pleased. And couldn't ask for a more pleasant front office staff. No pool, although we weren't looking for it in October. Close to Kennebunkport and all the restaurants and shopping there. Don't miss this one.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
I think I must have been in a different campground than the previous reviewers! Perhaps I have become too accustomed to campgrounds that truly cater to big rigs. The entrance to the park is a long dirt road that ends with a fairly steep hill up to the office area. I had called that morning to reserve a site and was told a reservation would not be necessary based upon my projected arrival time, and that there were plenty of pull throughs available. When we arrived on schedule, the park's owner commented that if he had a 40 foot motor home, he wouldn't go anywhere without a reservation, and I must have spoken to his son who was "too lazy" to make it. Oops! We were put in site 59, told we would not have to unhook our toad. Very tricky turns around trees, stupid us, should have unhooked anyway. Site was heavily wooded, 30 amp WSE, dirt, pull through, no grass for pets. One of my dogs cut her foot on glass when I walked her. Leaving early the next morning was also tricky for a big coach because there were cars parked in the roadway on the only way out. Perhaps there are other pull throughs on the other side of the park that are better suited to big rigs, but we did not see them. The long and short of it, if you driving the New York Thruway and want to stay at this park, be sure to make an advance reservation suitable for your coach! Located about 2 miles off I-87.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
For the life of me I cannot understand why Narrows Too is only 1/2 full in high season, and that was also our experience when we were last here two summers ago. Perhaps it is because the address is Trenton rather than Bar Harbor, but it is located literally just across the causeway from Mount Desert Island. It is ideal for big rigs, and there is not a bad site that I can see in the park. Sites are level, gravel as is the access road, super easy to navigate for big rigs. The laundry room is top notch. The park features a nice small heated pool, several lovely clean bath houses, plenty of lush grassy areas and flower beds throughout the park (a real plus if you have dogs), a friendly and helpful staff, all just a few steps from the water overlook if you don't choose one of the more expensive waterfront sites. Several excellent lobster pounds are right outside the campground entrance, with a helpful new stop light on Route 3 making access much easier than in previous years -- and you can't miss it! Plan on about 15 minutes driving time to Bar Harbor with good restaurants and quaint shops, and the same distance to Ellsworth with a Walmart Supercenter, two large supermarkets (Hannaford and Shaws) and all the customary restaurants, etc. If that's not enough, Bangor is about 40 minutes away. Easy day trips to beautiful Blue Hill, Bucksport and other Maine attractions. Acadia National Park is a must on anyone's bucket list. Only minus I can see is when people don't use common sense and drive slowly in the park, does raise some dust from the gravel roadways on dry days if not careful. The park does not really cater to children since the only real amenity is the pool, and most big coaches are owned by the baby boomer age group. Our preference, but families with young children might be happier in another park. We are staying a bit over 3 months in a premium or medium grade site (meaning not waterfront, although we can see the water) and this is the average nightly rate, inclusive, that we worked out with management. Shorter term rates are posted on their web site. TengoInternet is available at a charge, but we use our AT&T MiFi quite successfully. Gravel sites and roadway are the only reason I removed one star from my rating, but they are certainly not essential in this park.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We have reviewed this park before and still think it is a perfect overnight stop on our way north/south on I-95. Pleasant staff, convenient location, good amenities. Just a note we discovered on this visit -- our previous 37' Class A fit fine in one of the paved sites without unhooking our Jeep toad, but the new 40' coach did not; the paved sites were too short to accommodate both the coach and the toad without unhooking. We had to move to a gravel site, which appears to be about 60' overall. Gravel sites are level, hard packed and easy to maneuver, so this will not affect our plans to visit often in the future. Very nice park. Nightly rate is Good Sam.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Spent 5 nights here heading north from Florida. Friendly, helpful staff. RV sites are close together and not remarkable, with the exception of the covered patio areas at each RV site, very useful. Our awning reached over the edge of the patio cover and so we had a nice dry outdoor space to grill out when it rained. Sites are level, hard packed sand. We were about 7 sites back from the beach entrance, and prior to May 1, could walk our leashed dogs on the beach all day long. At high tide, there is not much beach, but when the tide goes out, there is a big, wide beach, perfect for walking. Monster outdoor pool was already open in early April. Also loved the location of the park, just down the street from outlet shopping, Walmart, and many great restaurants. If you like golf, there are courses nearby for every budget. We thoroughly enjoyed this park and will be back -- this fall!
Date of Stay: March, 2014
Lots of good things about this park, stayed 6 weeks during the high season. Our second visit. Not the most high end park we have ever visited, but everything you need and then some. Main pool kept at 86 degrees, clean and refreshing, hot tub plenty warm and enjoyed by many. We had a paved site near the main pool and clubhouse. Sites are generously sized. Great walking or biking -- 2.1 miles if you follow the outer loops around the park; more if you add some of the interior loops. Nice sized dog play area, plenty of rest rooms for the size of the park, although most units were self contained. Did not use the laundry this year but I did hear that it was going downhill. There is a brand new laundry facility nearby, located across the highway (U.S. 192) from the main entrance to the park, adjacent to the Publix grocery store. It's ideal for big items like bedspreads, etc. Not an overwhelming amount of activities in season but the ones I attended were enjoyable. Very close to Disney, Kissimmee, Orlando, etc. Wonderful, friendly neighbors throughout the park, plus helpful, friendly staff. Lake Magic is used as an "out" week facility for the nearby Thousand Trails, and many TT members told me they preferred Lake Magic overall. A perfect place for a long term stay, and we plan to return.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
This one is definitely a 10. Although only 100 sites, this is a big park area-wise. Big, spacious sites, with pavers and generous patio area, great walking and biking throughout the landscaped park, street lamps at each site, escort to your site, pull-ins on the river and lake sites and back-ins on the nature sites, gorgeous pool, sprinklers throughout, clubhouse and tennis courts, a long raised wooden walkway along the shoreline, pet friendly with a large play area and pet stations, a nice mix of seasonals and transients. The park feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, but really just a few minutes from Port Charlotte, Placida, Punta Gorda, and surrounding communities with an overwhelming amount of dining and shopping nearby. FYI, it is important to follow the directions provided by the resort in their confirmation email so you don't miss the entrance. (We did, dumb us, followed the GPS. A little tricky where we had to turn around.) Like it so much we are considering purchasing a site. Now if the weather would just warm up a little...
Date of Stay: January, 2014
Another tough one to rate. We were there for the Tampa RV show and the park was packed. We stayed in a "premium" site in the Palms section (primarily English speaking). That, for us meant a back in grass site with no patio and not particularly level. In our case, we had to back up over a small hump in the ground to get to the site. So called "super sites" (paved sites), of which there seem to be a total of 9, are reserved months in advance. The coach next to ours damaged its rock guard backing into their site. This was the bad. The good included very nice, helpful people at the front desk and an efficient check in process. It needed to be because there wasn't much room at the entrance for multiple coaches to pull up. Friendly and helpful neighbors, both seasonal and transient, great walking/biking throughout the park, and a nice swimming pool in our section. Camping World was down the street, LazyDays was within a few miles, and it's convenient to the Tampa Show. A fun evening of bingo in the French speaking part of the park (The Oaks) but conducted in English. The front desk referred me to an excellent walk-in clinic a short distance away that I used to treat fire ant bites that I received at another park. The good definitely overcame the bad. We would return, but would reserve a Super Site if at all possible, or would reserve a specific site, now that we are familiar with the park.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
We enjoyed this park with a good location near shopping, restaurants, and reasonably easy access for a big rig. Stayed in a pull through site near the front of the park. This review is for this type of site. Seasonal RV sites and manufactured homes are in the rear section of the park and I would not choose to stay there. That is not appealing at all. The pull throughs in the transient section in the front are paved, with a nice patio area, and all the customary services for large coaches. Nice environment backing up to a lovely heated swimming pool and clubhouse. Not generous, but ample room between sites. Since the park is so large, there was plenty of space for walking with my dogs. There are doggie stations along the access road with pick up bags provided. Very pleasant group of people staying there for the season, and the transients were equally friendly. Be careful entering and exiting the park - even in your car. Left turns can be hazardous. The road is two lane and very busy. I was told there are frequent accidents right at the entrance to the park. Not far from Tarpon Springs and Clearwater. Plenty to see and do. We would definitely return.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
A really nice park about 5 miles from the quaint town of Cedar Key. It has that newer park feeling with updated facilities and clubhouse. Very nice people at the front desk. Generously wide, paved sites with some open some shaded. All RVs, no manufactured homes. While we only stayed three nights, others were there for the season or at least a month. There is a pretty, heated pool, but too cool to use it when we were there over the New Year. The resort put on a fun potluck New Year's Eve gathering and we found friendly, hospitable neighbors consistently throughout our stay. Extremely pet friendly, everyone seemed to have one and it's a good way to meet others walking their dogs. No big grocery stores in the area; although, there is a small store in Cedar Key. So stock up before arriving. Otherwise it's 28 minutes to Chiefland with a Walmart and Winn Dixie, but it's a nice drive on uncrowded roads. Would definitely return.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
This is what I would call a so-so park. We stayed one night passing through the area. The front desk people could not have been more helpful, even going so far as to bring my keys to my site which I left in the office. We were escorted to our grass site, no patio, not particularly level, through some tight turns between what seemed to be a maze of small manufactured houses and RV sites. We later learned we were on the fringe of the RV area. When my husband turned off the engine, he leaned back and said, well I guess tomorrow I'll figure out how to get out of this place. We were able to back up and get a better angle to make the turn the following morning. Unhook your toad before entering the park and hook up in front of the office when you leave. The park obviously caters to seasonal campers. Friendly people, but we were not there long enough to experience the neighborhood. A few miles from Crystal River, shopping facilities and the customary restaurants. Plenty of space to walk the dogs. We would return, but only for overnight.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
A small, well appointed, but high priced park located just over the causeway from Bradenton Beach and the access to Anna Maria Island. Our rate was $998 for two weeks, plus tax. We stayed here over the Christmas holidays and the park was not completely full, although we were told that would change after January 1. Very competent escort to your site who has you in place in a jiffy. A mix of coaches, fivers and TTs. Comfortable paved sites (several available for sale by private owners, $100K plus), good services, though sites are close together. A small heated pool, laundry and fitness room with two exercise machines. Not a lot of walking/biking room in the park because it is so small, but we were able to go outside the gate and walk some of the local neighborhoods. Very few activities other than a meet and greet. Dogs must go into the grassy areas behind the sites and there are walkways to those areas in the corners of the park. Frankly, the web site photos make this park seem better than it really is. We would return, but would explore other parks in the area first.